A FORMER Oswestry member of the Welsh Guards who has spent 30 years building a collection of memorabilia has received a special award from the Prime Minister.

Stanley Evans, who joined the Welsh Guards at the age of 15 and served in the regiment from 1960 to 1968, was recently presented with Rishi Sunak’s daily Points of Light award.

Stanley has devoted an impressive 30 years to building 'The Welsh Guards Collection'.

The museum, which is based at Park Hall Countryside Experience, is now home to more than 4,000 Welsh Guards artefacts including uniforms, arms and memorabilia as well as over 2,500 photographs, preserving, in one place, the Regiment’s heritage since its formation in 1915.


Stanley, humbled by the accolade, expressed his pride in being chosen for the honour.

He said: “I am very proud to be chosen for this award.”

Stanley earned his place among the esteemed recipients of the Points of Light award because of his dedication to preserving the legacy of the Welsh Guards, as well as his commitment to educating others.

Following Stanley’s passion and hard work, the museum received full accreditation as a military Museum by the Army Museums Ogilvy Trust in 2014.

Praising Stanley's extraordinary contribution, Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies, expressed his delight at the Prime Minister's recognition.

He said: “Stanley has made a tremendous impact with his tireless and longstanding efforts in preserving the Welsh Guards’ heritage and I am delighted that his achievement has been recognised by a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.

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“As well as his 30-year devotion to collecting Welsh Guards artefacts, Stanley’s work in schools helps ensure that the Regiment’s history is recognised by future generations.

"Many congratulations to Stanley on his award.”

Alongside managing the museum, Stanley visits schools to share more about local and military history, and has curated special exhibitions across Wales, including at Cardiff Castle to celebrate the Regiment’s Centenary in 2015.

Stanley, as the 2085th recipient of the Points of Light award, stands as a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and the invaluable contributions individuals can make to their community.